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News up and down the Trail

February 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin City Commission race underway The race for two at-large Sarasota City Commission seats is on, and it is a full house. On Jan. 13, the field of candidates for the March 14 Sarasota City Commission was finalized — with eight individuals running for two at-large seats on the board. The candidates in […]

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Off Key News

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson Fake Sales? First it was fake news. Now with the recent holiday shopping season we’ve been hearing about fake ‘sales.’ California’s AG has taken legal action against Sears, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s and Macy’s for the retail equivalent of those fake news items that popped up during the presidential race with headlines like […]

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Sarasota news

Up and Down the Trail

January 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

Downtown gateway signs in the works Downtown could be getting a touch of simple hospitality. Three of the main entrances to downtown Sarasota are slated for new gateway signs soon — announcing to motorists, including tourists, they are entering the heart of the city. The Downtown Improvement District (DID) is pursuing a project to install […]

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Key stories to watch in 2017

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Roger Drouin In the upcoming New Year, some unresolved issues are going to take center stage, and several proposed projects could mean significant changes for the island. Siesta Sand takes a look at Eight Big Stories to watch in 2017 — from the question of what’s going to happen to Big Pass, to a […]

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Sarasota news

News Up & Down the Trail

December 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

At the center of attention A second roundabout sculpture is in the works downtown, and it is already drawing attention. The city’s Public Art Committee decided Nov. 1 that a sculpture by local artist Jorge Blanco should be featured at the center of the planned roundabout at Ringling Boulevard and Orange Avenue downtown. The approximately […]

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Off Key

November 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Millenials on the Move to Justice Down the Tubes? A New Option for Millennials Imprisoned in Parents’ Basement? With statistics showing that young adults age 18 to 34 are for the first time more likely to live at home with their parents than with a roommate or romantic partner close to […]

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Sarasota news

Up & Down the Trail

October 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

Paid parking — it’s back. Parking meters are coming back. Four years after the city of Sarasota’s last brief attempt to implement a paid parking plan downtown, the City Commission approved a plan to install meters on 468 parking spaces on Main Street, Palm Avenue and part of Ringling Boulevard. The meters will be installed […]

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Off Key

October 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Parking Madness to Revenue ‘Enhancement’ Where Bad Ideas Never Die… It’s said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Which leads us to Sarasota’s city commissioners once again voting to move ahead with plans to install paid parking meters on downtown […]

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News Off Key

September 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

From Happy Days to Olympic Praise Mote Marine Jumps the Shark? It was the ‘Fonz’ water skiing over a floating tank of sharks in an episode of Happy Days that gave us the popular expression ‘jumping the shark’ for any effort to gin up interest in an event (or TV sitcom?) having trouble generating such […]

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Off Key News

August 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

By Bob Frederickson From Sarasota after Midnight to a bit of Lakeland on Longboat Chapman’s Walk on the Wild Side… During recent discussions leading up to a city commission vote on whether to approve a Cask & Ale location for downtown Sarasota, commissioner Susan Chapman added to her reputation as a take charge woman of […]

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Sarasota news

News Up & Down the Trail

August 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

A floral upgrade After two years of planning, the city’s Downtown Improvement District is investing $187,680 to bring a colorful, floral upgrade to downtown. The project will cover installation and maintenance of flower baskets attached to light poles throughout the downtown. There will be a total of 138 baskets that should be up by September. Most […]

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Big Pass Dredging

Big Pass Dredging

July 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

Site for Seagrass Mitigation, Perico Preserve  By SKA Environmental Committee Several hurdles remain since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requested a second six–month extension of its Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Dredging Permit application.  When a previous six-month extension deadline passed March 7, 2016, FDEP sent Notice of Inactive Application to City […]

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